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How to Build a Wall with Concrete Floorsby HomeRepairExpert.com
Building a wall with concrete floors doesn't have to involve a nail gun.
Things You'll Need
- Chalk line
- 3 1/2-inch nails
- Liquid nails
- 1/2-inch drill bit
- 10-inch spikes
Step 1Snap a chalk line along the ceiling where you want to run the wall.
Step 2Build your wall. A good wall is typically composed of 8-foot 2-by-4s nailed together so that there are vertical beams on both ends and vertical boards attached to the upper and lower 2-by-4s every 16 inches. Use your nails and hammer to construct the walls.
Step 3Nail your wall to the ceiling beams using the nails and a hammer.
Step 4Lay a board that runs parallel to the wall you've hung above the floor. Make sure that the board is online by checking it with the level run down from the wall.
Step 5Make a pencil line along the edge of the board you've laid on the floor.
Step 6Pick up the board and apply the liquid nails to the floor under your hanging wall inside the line for the board. Don't do a straight line, but instead a wavy one no thicker than the 2-by-4.
Step 7Set your 2-by-4 back down so that it lines up with the pencil line you've made on the floor. The 2-by-4 should be sitting in the liquid nails.
Step 8Place some blocks between the floating wall and the floor 2-by-4 so that the 2-by-4 has time to set in the liquid nails. This can take two to four hours.
Step 9Drill two holes in the bottom of your hanging wall 2-by-4, with the blocks still in.
Step 10Pound the spikes through the holes in your hanging wall 2-by-4 in to the one you've liquid-nailed to the floor. The wall should now be firmly in place and the floating factor allows the wall to push up with the floor should there be any buckling.
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